Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Montgomery, Alabama
While all serious injuries have the potential to disrupt a person’s life and opportunities long-term, there is perhaps no injury that is as serious or as devastating as a spinal cord injury. When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, their life is permanently and irreversibly changed.
At the office of Frank Wilson, Attorney at Law, our spinal cord injury attorney understands the pain and trauma that you and your family have suffered following a spinal cord injury, and our law firm wants to help. While reliving the accident and your injury by filing a spinal cord injury/personal injury claim can be emotionally painful, it may be the only way to recover the financial compensation that you need and deserve. Please reach out to our law firm directly today to learn more about how we can help you.
Understanding the Spinal Cord
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs the length of the spinal column, from the base of the neck to the end of the tailbone. Unlike other nerves in your body, the spinal cord has a very special job: it carries messages from the brain to the rest of the body, and vice versa.
When you touch a hot stove, it is the spinal cord that allows your brain and your hand to communicate and quickly relay the message to withdraw. When you want to pick up a pen, hug your kids, or go for a run, it’s the spinal cord that carries messages from the brain to your limbs, telling them to move.
The spinal cord is protected by the spinal column, which consists of small bones called vertebrae. When the spinal column is hit with force, the spinal cord can be damaged, leading to a spinal cord injury.
Common Causes of a Spinal Cord Injury
There are multiple ways in which a spinal cord injury could be sustained–most involve high amounts of force. Falls from heights, particularly in the construction industry; motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents; diving and water recreation accidents; and sports accidents are some of the most common causes of a spinal cord injury.
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by the negligence–the failure to exercise the proper degree of care–of another party, our law firm can help. We will work hard to build your case by conducting a thorough investigation, working with a multitude of different experts, calculating your damages, and more. We negotiate on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.
Long-term Impacts and Damages
When the spinal cord is injured, the body’s ability to send signals from the brain to other parts of the body and back is disrupted. As a result, a person will suffer partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury downwards. Tragically, there is currently no cure for a spinal cord injury–a person who is paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury will be paralyzed for life.
The day-to-day effects of paralysis on a person’s life are hard to imagine. If a person is paralyzed, they will likely require around-the-clock in-home care, home accommodations, vehicle accommodations, expensive medical equipment, transportation assistance, and ongoing physical therapy, medication, and other medical attention. This is not only incredibly expensive, but also invasive.
In addition to medical care, a person who is paralyzed will not be able to work and earn an income for themselves–this loss of earning capacity could cost a person millions of dollars in the form of lost wages, benefits, and investments. Of course, being unable to work is hardly the worst part; a person who is paralyzed for life will not be able to engage in the vast majority of activities they once loved, may be unable to have children, and may suffer severe psychological damages in the form of depression, grief, anxiety, and more as a direct result of their injury.
Types of Damages Recoverable in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
We will advocate for your right to recover your full compensation amount after an accident that leaves you with a spinal cord injury. Types of damages that are recoverable in a personal injury claim include:
- Economic damages. Economic damages are damages that are designed to compensate you for any economic, out-of-pocket costs you have sustained or are likely to sustain, such as the costs of medical bills, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, hiring an in-home nurse, etc.
- Noneconomic damages. As explained above, not all damages are economic in nature; some things, like a diminished quality of life or the value of someone’s pain, are intangible. We want to make sure that you are compensated for your noneconomic damages, too, and can work with you to understand how these are calculated.
How Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help You Hold the At-fault Party Responsible
When so much is on the line and your losses are so great, working with a skilled spinal cord injury attorney who has experience in cases like yours is essential. Our spinal cord injury attorney at the office of Frank Wilson, Attorney at Law, will:
- Investigate your case and determine the cause of your accident;
- Hire various experts, including accident reconstruction experts, who can shed light on
- what happened and how the accident and your injury occurred;
- Talk to eyewitness and all other relevant parties;
- Prove that the defendant in your case breached the duty of care owed to you and that the breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of your harm;
- Represent you during all conversations with insurance adjusters and other parties;
- Review and negotiate a settlement offer; and
- Represent you in court if litigation is necessary and appropriate.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Frank Wilson, Attorney at Law, knows how much you’ve lost. When you need an advocate on your side who will fight for you, you need Attorney Frank Wilson. Call our law firm today, send us a message online, or visit our office in person to request your free case consultation.